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Do I need Anti-malware with Windows defender on Win10

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#1 chfalcao


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Posted 04 February 2016 - 05:20 PM

Thanks to this site after reading the Best Practices & FAQ page I now have a better understanding of the different kinds of threats out there. 


One question however remains, having activated the Windows defender on my Win10 do I still need an anti-malware or another protection to cover the different kinds of threats?


Assume I'm comfortable with the level of protection and risks incurred on having one single anti-virus (eg Microsoft in this case). 

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Posted 04 February 2016 - 05:54 PM

...having activated the Windows defender on my Win10 do I still need an anti-malware or another protection to cover the different kinds of threats?...


Although Windows 8/10 Defender provides some anti-malware protection...it is weak, meaning it does not provide comprehensive protection and cannot prevent, detect and remove all threats at any given time. This is true for most anti-virus solutions. Anti-virus and anti-malware programs each perform different tasks as it relates to computer security and threat detection. Essentially, they look for and remove different types of malicious threats.

In simplistic terms, Anti-virus programs generally scan for infectious malware which includes viruses, worms, Trojans, rootkis and bots.
Anti-malware programs generally tend to focus more on adware, spyware, unwanted toolbars, browser hijackers, potentially unwanted programs and potentially unsafe applications. Anti-virus and Anti-malware solutions with anti-exploitation features protect against zero-day malware, drive-by downloads, exploits and Exploit Kits.

Therefore, you need both an anti-virus and an anti-malware solution for maximum protection.Please read Supplementing your Anti-Virus Program with Anti-Malware Tools for information about trustworthy and effective anti-malware programs.
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